Stages of social decline : Social Development

Stages of social decline

Emergence example

Social Movements

Have you ever been asked to tweet, friend, like, or donate online for a cause? Perhaps you have 'liked' a local nonprofit on Facebook, prompted by one of your friends liking it, too. Nowadays social movements are woven throughout our social media activities. Although many of the past and present social movements around the world differ from each other in many ways, they all generally go through a life cycle marked by the progressive stages of emergence, coalescence, bureaucratization, and decline. In this lesson, we will discuss the four stages of social movements.

A social movement is not necessarily a political party or interest group, nor is it a mass or trend. Instead they are somewhere in between. They are defined as a group of people with a common ideology who try together to achieve certain general goals. Some characteristics of social movements are that they are involved in conflicts with clearly identified opponents and they share a collective identity. Their goals can either be aimed at a specific policy or be more broadly aimed at cultural change.

BureaucratizationStage 1: Emergence

Social movements start when people realize that there is a specific problem in their society that they want to address. This realization can come from the dissatisfaction people feel or information and knowledge they get about a specific issue. At the first stage, the social movement defines the problem it is going to address.

The first stage of the social movement is known as emergence. Within this stage, social movements are very preliminary and there is little to no organization. Potential movement participants may be unhappy with some policy or some social condition, but they have not yet taken any action in order to redress their grievances, or if they have, it is most likely individual action rather than collective action. For example, a person may comment to family that he or she is dissatisfied with a particular issue.

The early unorganized Civil Rights Movement reflects the emergence stage of social movement

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Progressive |prəˈgresiv|
1 happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step : a progressive decline in popularity.
• (of a disease or ailment) increasing in severity or extent : progressive liver failure.
• (of taxation or a tax) increasing as a proportion of the sum taxed as that sum increases : steeply progressive income taxes.
• (of a card game or dance) involving a series of sections for which participants successively change place or relative position.
• archaic engaging in or constituting forward motion

University of Virginia Press Declining to Decline: Cultural Combat and the Politics of the Midlife (Age Studies)
Book (University of Virginia Press)

How to understand Piketty: read him yourself  — Oxford Student
The first is to applaud Piketty's work, construct some grand theory of social decline such as a new gilded age or a transition to oligarchy, and back his proposals for new taxes and regulation of wealth.

Zim: Health and education bounce back  — Mail & Guardian Online
The scale of the social decline required an equally large-scale national response.

Harper Perennial The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager
Book (Harper Perennial)

Holyrood Message  — Greenock Telegraph
And this despite the government stating that reversing economic, physical and social decline of communities where market forces alone won't suffice is a top priority.